PNS President’s Message
Fiscal Year 2017: A Year of Accomplishments for Rush Nurses
Angela Geschrey, MSN, RN, CMSRN, PNS President
The purpose of the Professional Nursing Staff (PNS) is to promote excellence in professional performance among the nursing staff, provide high quality and cost-effective nursing care for patients, establish and monitor standards of clinical practice, and facilitate the quality of professional life of its members.
The fiscal year 2017 goals were formed based on the PNS purpose and would not have been accomplished if not for the many dedicated nurses who went the extra mile for their coworkers and patients. I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the officers as well as the members of the PNS executive committee, every chair, co-chair, and member of the PNS standing and ad hoc committees, and all of the UAC and DAC members.
PNS was able to accomplish two important initiatives that impacted practice and the professionalism of nursing at Rush University Medical Center. The first was the implementation of the RN3 validation committee. The committee consists of a RN3 from all inpatient service lines, a unit director, an assistant unit director, and a clinical nurse specialist. The committee advanced 11 RN2 nurses to RN3 status and 49 inpatient nurses maintained their RN3 status.
The second big accomplishment impacted the professional image of the nurse at Rush. A Rush Way project was initiated based on feedback from patients who could not readily identify their nurse. A survey on color choice was completed in July 2016 and the nursing staff chose black. A stipend was provided for the inpatient nurses and the patient care technicians (PCTs). On April 17, 2017, the nurses began wearing black uniforms and on July 1, 2017 the PCT go-live occurred.
Since the professional image update, nurses are easily identified. Other disciplines have followed the lead of PNS by going to one uniform color thereby making it easier to identify all health care professionals. Nurses are now readily identifiable to everyone, which prevents patients and colleagues from wrongly identifying another health care provider as a nurse.
Other PNS accomplishments for FY17 include: completed four PNS Open Forums, held twelve education events with one being delivered at 3am for the night staff, held the first nursing research and EBP symposium, organized and lead a Magnet Fair, distributed a monthly PNS newsletter, implemented code lavender, were involved in the safe campus committee, and participated in practice focus groups and surveys regarding innovative software and nursing practice.